Cloud Backup and Remote Access - The Official IDrive Blog

  • RemotePC earns PCWorld’s Editor’s Choice for Remote Desktop Software

    The need for a reliable remote desktop access solution is widespread these days, especially as businesses of all sizes continue to have their employees work from home. This requires a service that is affordable, feature-packed, and reliable, and according to PCWorld, RemotePC is one of the best choices available for all your remote access needs.

    When it comes to the basics of remote access, RemotePC more than has you covered, as PCWorld points out by referring to RemotePC as “the big dog of remote desktop and backup.” With the ability to easily connect to your host computer or server from the RemotePC desktop application or even a web browser, it really is a simple process to connect and complete your tasks from anywhere. RemotePC supports Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android, making it a truly versatile and helpful solution for anybody.

    Another thing that stood out to PCWorld is that as a backup company, IDrive is able to offer something extremely helpful with RemotePC that other remote access companies can’t, which is a cloud backup subscription with a generous 3TB of storage space for just $6 for your first year. So not only can you access your remote devices from anywhere, you can also backup all the critical data on these devices using IDrive’s award-winning cloud backup service.

    When it comes to features, RemotePC is clearly among the best, including features that PCWorld found to be extremely helpful such as:

    • Multi-monitor support with mapping to local displays
    • Drag-and-drop file transfer between the local and remote computers
    • Screen recording
    • Remote sound and printing
    • Whiteboard (drawing on display)
    • Chat
    • Screen capture of remote sessions
    • RemotePC Meeting – online meeting service (Skype, Zoom, etc.)

    The performance aspect of RemotePC is something that really stood out to PCWorld, pointing out that the speed with which RemotePC connected and transferred files is top notch, and navigating menus and windows on the remote device is smooth. In fact, the review points out that RemotePC is on par performance-wise with some of the bigger name and more expensive services available.

    The final verdict from PCWorld:

    “There are of course free remote solutions, but RemotePC offers so much additional functionality (free and pay), and performs so well, that I’d recommend it for even the average user if the free stuff has proven frustrating. It should of course be on the short list for any IT department.”

    Thank you to PCWorld for the great review!

  • PCWorld and Tom’s Guide shout out IDrive as one of the best free Local Backup tools

    When it comes to protecting your data, whether you’re an individual or a business, having an external hard drive or NAS device for local backups is a great way to ensure that if data is lost on your primary device, it can quickly be recovered in case of a data loss disaster. 

    Of course, as a cloud backup company, we highly recommend backing up your data to the cloud along with your local backups so you have multiple layers of protection, making IDrive the perfect solution to give you peace of mind that your important personal or business data is safe in multiple locations.

    According to PCWorld, IDrive’s local backup tool is a straightforward and effective way to make copies of your most important data to a hard drive that you control, allowing for quick restores as needed, and it’s free for 10GB of storage space.

    PCWorld points out that it’s very easy to use, with users simply having to create an account and select the option to “Backup file to local, Wi-Fi, or Express” devices, then choose your desired backup location from the dropdown menu. 

    Obviously, backup is only effective if it’s happening regularly, which is why IDrive’s scheduling feature is hugely beneficial, letting you schedule regular backups that will run automatically so you don’t have to worry about remembering to do it manually. Email notifications will let you know when your backups run or if they fail for any reason.

    In fact, regularly backing up your data in multiple locations is so important that Tom’s Guide equates it to regularly changing your passwords to keep you safe from cyber attacks. It’s simply a measure that must be taken if you want complete security for your digital life.

    Tom’s Guide mentions that being able to automate this process is something that makes backing up with IDrive a no-brainer, and just like PCWorld, Tom’s Guide recommends using IDrive to backup your local drives including external hard drives, network attached storage (NAS) devices, and even USB drives.

    Apart from local backups, PCWorld highlighted that IDrive is one of the best options available for cloud backups with a great deal available for IDrive Photos, which comes with 1TB of cloud storage for your computer along with unlimited photo backups from iPhone and Android devices for just $10/year.

    Sign up for IDrive today and have peace of mind that your data is protected, both locally and in the cloud!

  • IDrive® Compute Expands Internationally, adds more Edge Computing Locations throughout Europe

    IDrive® Compute, a high-performance VPS hosting solution from IDrive Backup with an international network of edge computing locations, has expanded even more by adding a number of data centers throughout Europe. This enables developers and businesses based all over Europe to host multiple virtual instances on an infrastructure loaded with powerful physical servers and robust hardware resources, all managed off-premise at the edge location closest to them for optimal performance.

    As IDrive® Compute continues to grow and become more popular among users all over the world, the company made it a priority to add these data centers to ensure that these users receive a faster response when collecting, analyzing and passing through data, instead of directing it to a centralized cloud or server.

    The new edge locations which are spread throughout Europe are London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Madrid, solidifying efficient business operations for users across the EU, and promoting a high-performance business ecosystem to maximize productivity. 

    Following the addition of the Dublin edge center, one of the reasons IDrive chose to expand more throughout Europe other than providing all users with the fastest possible performance, is due to the increasing procurement of renewable energy for data centers, which is currently driving the data center power market in Europe according to the Europe Data Center Power Market – Industry Outlook & Forecast 2022-2027.

    With IDrive® Compute, businesses and developers can create and manage multiple virtual machines, run projects with little to no latency, schedule backups for the instances, take real-time snapshots, and add more space to them with block-storage. The VPS infrastructure lets users accommodate computing projects of any scale and size.

    IDrive® Compute offers pay-as-you-use pricing with on-demand scalability, which offers businesses the ability to scale their computing infrastructure as needed. Pricing remains consistent across all regions, with no hidden charges for specific regions.

  • IDrive® e2 adds Edge Location in Dublin, offering EU users the Fastest S3 Compatible Cloud Object Storage Solution

    IDrive Backup has added a new edge location for IDrive® e2 in Dublin, Ireland, allowing EU users to take advantage of the most affordable and possibly the fastest S3 compatible cloud object storage solution.

    Since IDrive launched IDrive® e2 in April, 2022, there have been plenty of requests internationally for the service, so IDrive expanded the solution to Ireland to give EU users access to the same exceptional performance that users in the US receive.

    This enables EU users to point their data to the edge center closest to them for a faster network and ease of access, and retrieve their data based on their convenience using associated access and a secret key. Data can be accessed via the IDrive® e2 web console or a third-party tool such as MSP360, Veeam, Cyberduck, Cloudflare, Fastly, iconik, Arq, QNAP, Synology, Arcserve, Duplicati, WinSCP, and S3 Browser.

    Dublin was an ideal choice due to low-cost cooling options and availability, as well as their renewable energy supply. According to a recent report from SEAI, renewable energy accounts for over 40% of Ireland’s energy mix, with that figure predicted to rise to 70% by 2030, making Ireland a very desirable location for expansion.

    IDrive® e2 is a scalable and durable cloud-object storage platform that stores petabytes of data on pay-per-use pricing. It is suitable for hosting applications, media workflow, gaming assets, e-commerce resources, and other large volumes of data.

    The service is the most affordable S3 compatible object storage solution on the market, with the first 10GB free and pricing starting at $0.004/GB/month. IDrive® e2 costs 80% less than AWS S3 offering no fees for ingress or egress.

  • IDrive Wins Best Overall Online Backup from PCWorld, Awarded 4.5/5 Stars from Tom’s Guide

    Signing up for a reliable cloud backup service like IDrive is the most effective way to protect your personal or business data from disasters that could cause you to lose everything on your computer or mobile device. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, and as PCWorld points out, most people stand to lose a tremendous amount of data if any of their devices are rendered inoperable and data unrecoverable. 

    In PCWorld’s latest annual breakdown of the best online backup services, which includes many exceptional products that all have their own unique selling points, IDrive once again was chosen as the best overall online cloud backup solution.

    PCWorld points out that IDrive is one of the only providers that still offers a free plan. IDrive also offers 5TB and 10TB plan sizes for personal users, as well as Enterprise and Team plans which include more business-oriented features, allowing admins to manage users and more.

    Along with competitive pricing, IDrive has many features that help to make it the perfect overall backup solution for any type of user, including:

    • Continuous Data Protection (CDP) – automatically backs up changes made to files
    • Support for Windows, OS X, Android, iOS, and various NAS devices 
    • Snapshots – restore data to a specific point in time
    • IDrive Express – a two-way physical shipment service for faster backups and restores
    • Sync – IDrive links all of your devices so whenever a file is updated, it is available on all linked devices
    • Share files with anyone
    • Ability to back up to local drives

    The final verdict from PCWorld:

    IDrive has you covered six ways to Sunday when it comes to backup. Online, local, sync, snapshots, shipping hard drives to you for quicker recovery… You name it, the company does it. Not the cheapest service, but easily the most comprehensive.

    Keeping up with the theme of great reviews, IDrive is proud to have received an exceptional 4.5/5 star review from Tom’s Guide, who consistently include IDrive among the best cloud backup solutions.

    Some key features of IDrive that made us stand out from the rest:

    • Backup files from an unlimited number of computers, mobile devices, and connected hard drives or NAS drives. For businesses, IDrive can also back up SQL, SharePoint, Exchange, and Linux servers.
    • IDrive makes it easy to schedule backups from your devices. You can schedule backups daily or on specific days of the week, and set starting times for your backups.
    • IDrive supports file sharing through links. Each share link can be customized with an expiration date (up to 30 days), or maximum number of downloads (up to 25 times). You can also add a password to protect share links.
    • IDrive Express is a service included with all IDrive plans. With IDrive Express, you can request that the company sends you a physical hard drive, transfer your data to the drive, then send it back to IDrive for faster uploads to the cloud
    • Includes 2FA and end-to-end encryption to keep your files secure.

    The final word from Tom’s Guide:

    IDrive is one of the best cloud storage and best cloud backup services we’ve seen for individual use, with support for up to 10TB at prices that few competitors can match. You can use IDrive across all of your devices, including mobile devices and external storage drives. The platform supports simple file sharing and scheduled backups, and offers end-to-end encryption to keep all of your data secure.

  • IDrive® e2 – World’s fastest S3 compatible storage, at an amazing price point, at more locations than anyone

    At IDrive, we always strive to create solutions that meet or exceed expectations. We routinely win most cloud backup comparative tests, in performance, price, functionality, and our users agree too. This is what excites us the most.

    Today IDrive is one of the leading cloud backup services in the world, thanks to the support of our users. So, we decided to take this idea to the plumbing of storage, and explore to see if we can replicate our success here.

    Why now? you may ask. S3 came into being nearly 15 years ago, and some recent ones like Wasabi and B2 happened at least 6-7 years ago.

    Here is why. We now host and manage over 500 Petabytes of Storage for our cloud backup services, with 1000s of servers. We know how to do this efficiently, profitably, securely while providing great performance at a great price. Sure there are discounted S3 compatible storage options, but you are compromising on performance and features, substantially.

    We believe that users don’t have to compromise on performance and features for a discounted S3 compatible storage.

    What is IDrive®  e2?

    IDrive® e2 is an S3 compatible, scalable cloud-object storage platform that supports storing data in the cloud, off-site disaster recovery, an active and accessible data archive, and long term storage. It is a suitable and affordable solution for hosting applications, media workflow, gaming assets, e-commerce resources, and other large volumes of data.

    IDrive® e2 is an extremely versatile solution, making it easy for any type of user to store their data. For example, developers can use it to have access to large amounts of storage space that’s needed for their applications. IT admins can use it to store corporate data and backup servers, having the data ready if it needs to be restored. Even individuals who require large amounts of storage space for their files will find e2 beneficial, as they can store and share all their files while only paying for the space they need.

    It supports object locking, bringing immutability for protection from cybersecurity threats.

    How much does it cost?

    With a straightforward, tierless pricing approach, IDrive® e2 is the most affordable object storage solution available, with the first 10GB free and pricing starting at $0.004/GB/month. The service costs 80% less than AWS S3 with no ingress/egress fees, as well as being one of the few solutions available that does not charge an extra fee for downloading data. There are yearly plans as well with even more discounts.

    Fastest performance – we can prove it!

    With 8 edge locations across the US, IDrive® e2 is able to offer the fastest performance available, letting users point their data to the edge center closest to them for fast access.

    You’re probably wondering, how can we be the fastest AND most affordable service available? Go ahead and run a speed test and see for yourself!

    Applications

    Users can use their favorite S3 based Apps for backup, data migration, restores, streaming and more. A shortlist of such tools include MSP360, Veeam, Cyberduck, Cloudflare, Fastly, Iconik, Arq, QNAP, Synology, Reclone.org, Arcserve, Duplicati, WinSCP, and S3 Browser.

    Security

    IDrive® e2 transmits all files using an encrypted TLS connection. If you’re a developer, we highly encourage you to add your own encryption to your files before transmitting them to e2. Developers can also set Server-Side Encryption on e2 buckets.

    Data is stored in enterprise-class data centers equipped with state-of-the-art facilities — custom-designed elevated floors, HVAC temperature control systems with designated cooling zones, seismically-braced racks — and physical security features. The data centers are periodically checked for vulnerabilities in the network infrastructure with third-party audits. 

  • IDrive Photos now Including 1TB of Cloud Backup for Computers with Unlimited Mobile Photo/Video Backup for just $9.95/year

    IDrive Backup has made a valuable addition to their IDrive Photos plan, now letting users backup and secure 1TB of PC/Mac data along with the unlimited mobile photo/video plan that was already being offered.

    IDrive Photos was already the most affordable photo and video backup solution on the market, offering unlimited, full-resolution storage space so users can back up their entire mobile library for just $9.95/year, users can sign up directly from the IDrive website and receive a 90% off first year discount for just 99 cents. Compared with competing services such as iCloud and Google Photos which don’t offer unlimited storage, IDrive Photos is by far the most cost-effective service available today as Google Photos who offer 100GB of storage for $1.99 per month or even iCloud with their 50GB of storage space for $2.99 per month.

    With the addition of 1TB of PC/Mac data backup space for no extra charge, IDrive is ensuring that users can secure their most critical files from their computers as well, making it the perfect solution to have peace of mind that all of their data is protected, from mobile devices to laptops and desktops.

    Along with being the most affordable, IDrive Photos offers plenty of features that make protecting and organizing your mobile photos and videos simple and convenient, including:

    • Unlimited, full resolution photo and video backup 
    • Restore from anywhere – download photos and videos from IDrive Photos account to any device
    • Share Photos/Videos online – effortlessly share photos/videos with friends and family through the IDrive Photos app
    • Timeline View – photos are organized by date, making it easy to view photos from a specific period
    • Auto-upload – ensures all new photos/videos are automatically uploaded from the device to the IDrive Photos account
    • Favorites – create a “favorites” album for faster access to favorite photos/videos

    To get started with IDrive Photos, new users simply have to download the application on their iOS or Android device, create an account and sign-in, and allow access to all the photos and videos on the device to enable automatic backup.

  • World Backup Day 2022 is Here! Make Sure your Data is Protected with PC Mag’s 8 Time Editor’s Choice Winner for Best Online Backup Service

    World Backup Day 2022 is coming here, a day where we are reminded to make sure our most important data, whether it’s personal or business, is protected and ready to be recovered in case disaster strikes. 

    Losing files is extremely common, as one simple accident or a lost or damaged device can cause you to lose everything, so it’s hugely important that you are utilizing a reliable online backup service to make sure your data is always available and accessible. Here at IDrive, we like to treat every day as World Backup Day, because we know how much damage data loss can cause at any given time. 

    There’s a lot to consider when choosing an online backup service. Pricing, feature set, storage capacity, and performance are all at the forefront, and for the 8th year running, PC Mag has chosen IDrive as their Editor’s Choice for Best Online Backup Service with 4.5/5 stars.

    What makes IDrive worthy of this award once again?

    Pricing plans/Unlimited device backup – with regular offers for first year discounts, plan sizes of 5TB and 10TB for personal users, and unlimited devices at no extra cost, IDrive is one of the most affordable backup services. Team and business plans which include sub-account management and compliance features are also very affordable for business users

    Getting Started – setting up and getting started with IDrive is simple. Users can access the application, access settings, and manage backup schedules quickly from the tray icon. PC Mag also points out that navigating the desktop application is quick and seamless. 

    Security and Privacy – IDrive uses 256-bit AES to encrypt data locally, by using either a key that IDrive sets or a private key created by the user. Also supports email-based two-factor authentication for accessing its web and mobile apps. 

    Backup Options – lets users select files and folders manually for backup, pre-populated with most commonly used folders. Can choose to backup to the IDrive cloud or to a local device, or IDrive Express, a service which speeds up large backups. 

    Continuous Data Protection – if turned on, is a feature which will search for recent updates to files and back them up automatically. IDrive also lets you backup your entire disk image so you can recover your entire hard drive.

    Restore – flexible restore tab allows for a wide range of options including Snapshots, which lets users view a historical view of their data and lets you select a point-in-time to restore. IDrive archives the last 30 days of files you back up.

    Backup Speeds – PC Mag tested all backup software to determine how long it takes to upload three different 1GB file sets. IDrive performed the best out of all services tested.

    IDrive Photos – For those who just want to back up mobile photos and videos, IDrive Photos ($4.95 per year) offers unlimited online storage

    The final verdict from PC Mag:

    IDrive does just about everything you need an online backup service to do—and more. Top features include disk image backups, folder syncing, and file sharing. IDrive is also priced competitively and performed best in our speed tests. For all this capability and value, IDrive earns our Editors’ Choice award for the online backup category.

    Thank you to PC Mag for the recognition!

  • RemotePC Enables users to access Windows PCs and Servers via RDP Connector

    RemotePC, an industry leader in remote desktop access, is now offering RDP Connector as an add-on, allowing users to access their windows computers and servers securely via RDP, letting them skip configuring Microsoft RD Gateway, VPN tunneling, and firewall changes.

    For users that use RDP to access their office computers and servers, RDP Connector is the perfect solution, allowing them to easily access their devices via PC, Mac, or mobile devices with a single click. Simply install the Remote Desktop agent and add Windows computers and servers for remote access, then install the Remote Desktop viewer on the viewing device and it’s ready to go.

    This allows users to access their work, share files/folders, and manage their devices as if they are sitting in front of it, making it a suitable solution for remote work, remote learning, and work-from-home initiatives.

    Features of RemotePC RDP Connector include:

    • Remote apps – directly access any of the remote applications on your computer, without accessing the entire remote computer.
    • Device Redirection – access any devices like printers, smart cards, external drives connected to your remote computers.
    • Multi-access Sessions – establish simultaneous remote connections to one computer/server from multiple remote desktop viewers.
    • Multi-monitor Support – access multiple monitors of your remote computer and switch between the monitors with ease.
    • Remote Reboot – reboot your remote computer through the remote desktop viewer anytime, anywhere.
    • Wake-on LAN – log on to your remote computers or servers anytime remotely using any local network.

    RemotePC RDP Connector is available as an add-on to all RemotePC accounts.

  • PC Mag Recommends IDrive Photos as an Alternative to Google Photos

    Ever since Google Photos announced last year that they would no longer be offering free, unlimited storage for photos and videos, many users have been looking for a more affordable alternative to help them keep their mobile photos and videos protected in the cloud.

    According to PC Mag, IDrive Photos might just be the best choice, providing unlimited, full-resolution storage space for all of your precious photos and videos.

    With mobile phone cameras being such high quality these days and only getting better, pretty much everybody is using iOS and Android devices to document their lives through photos and videos, so it’s critical that you store these photos in a secondary location just in case your phone is damaged, lost, or stolen.

    As PC Mag points out, IDrive Photos is extremely simple to use, with different options to make protecting your photos and videos completely hassle free.

    Once you download the application and sign up for an account, you will be able to grant IDrive Photos access to your photos and videos. From here you will have the option to back up all photos and videos in your library, or select photos if you want to back up just a few of your favorites.

    After this, the app will automatically start backing up your library. You can check on the status of your backup and see how many more items are left to upload. If you do not want your photos and videos to be automatically backed up to IDrive, you can switch off “Auto Upload,” and perform manual backups as you please.

    Obviously, privacy is extremely important when it comes to your personal photos and videos, so IDrive Photos lets you set a passcode to secure your backups, as well as letting you set up two-factor authentication for an extra layer of protection when signing in.

    IDrive Photos allows you to store ALL of your photos and videos in the cloud, restore them from any device, organize them into albums and favorites, view and print them on the web, and share them with your friends and family, all for just $4.95/year (99 cents first year).